Samuel and Susanna had their 15th child. The year was 1703 and they decided to name their baby boy John. Over the next 88 years this child would go on to become “the best loved man of England”. He would be used by God to bring reform and radical discipleship to a nation and by the time he would breathe his last breath in 1791, he would go down as one of the most influential leaders in the history of the Church. John Wesley is certainly one of my heroes. From his passion to plant churches, to his foresight to design methods that would carry out the mission of the Church, to his belief in mobilizing the ordinary to do the extraordinary, to his relentless desire to preach grace...John Wesley is someone I have looked up to for quite some time. One of my favorite quotes of his, reads:
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”
There are so many things I admire about his life and ministry but today what strikes me is how his life outlived his lifetime. I know that sounds a bit strange, but think about it. He stopped living in 1791 but his passion and ministry lives on to this very day. The dash between the dates, 1703 and 1791, represent a life devoted to God, a life driven by the Missio Dei, a life consumed by grace and a life poured out for the glory of God. His “dash” represents 88 years on earth but more than 200 years of impact. These are the things his “dash” represents. How about yours? If it all ended today, what would be said of your “dash”? If it all ended today, would your “dash” live on or quickly fade away?